Hicardo

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    Rich
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    Auris Icon + HSD, VW Passat Alltrack
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    2014
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    Sussex
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  1. we pretty much leave the car in 'normal' ie its default on start up, unless we are manoeuvring in the driveway, where I force it into EV mode. however, I do find power mode good in those situations that require hard acceleration. eco in find a bit pointless, except when you want to keep the car in ev as much as possible, in traffic for example. therefore we use normal 95 pct of the time, ev 4pct of the time, and the others the ramaining 1 pct.
  2. Hi there! Very Interesting that people have such widely varying strategies to drive the Hybrid. Also interesting that some things work and some don't. As some other folks on the board have said before, the car is basically designed so you don't have to pay too much attention to "economy strategies" the electronics are designed to sort things out for the best. I basically take very little care over how I drive my car for economy, other than rigorously observing speed limits, which I've done for years now. Within limits, I accelerate the car quickly. And funny thing is: I still get great economy. On certain b-road / minor road trips, the majority of my driving, can get easily into the 70's mpg. Coming back is going from sea level up to almost 500ft above sea level, so invariably I'm recording less mpg, but still seem to scrape 58 or so this time of year - bit less in winter. Sometimes at the end of a trip the battery is low, and if the next trip goes straight into slow traffic, you can take a long time to get back to 50mpg average, but you eventually do, and beyond. Very clever car, and the brains of this are actually quite old now!
  3. Sorry...no idea what mileage a full tank gets, as I usually refill at about a quarter left - super cautious I suppose
  4. Im getting over the winter an average of 52mpg in my 2014 Auris Hybrid, with winter tyres fitted, and including motoring around in the recent cold snap Considering a lot of my journeys are fairly short, I'm quite satisfied. There's a lot of consumption variation with winter tyre brands. I currently use Riken Snowtime, and can't fault them. Quiet too. Generally I would expect 55 in winter and around 62 - 65 average in summer (for my type of journeys). I think thats pretty good. My car has performed like this consistently, and I don't hyper mile or pay any special attention to economy. Just drive smoothly and normally, sticking to speed limits.
  5. thanks for the replies. I3 interesting, but prob too expensive and not the jump aboard and go, easy to drive vehicle she needs. Plus we.re rural so use winter tyres, and therefore ability to change twice a year cheaply is useful. Been trying to get her to try the auris but she says it's still too big ( I know). Hence the Yaris is favourite right now. Back on topic, though, it was which Yaris to choose from economy perspective, given the short range nature of her driving. She does about 2000 miles a year only. Hybrids are nice I agree, and you can manoevre around the driveway without the engine making noise etc
  6. Hi Fellas, reading this thread with interest (on the loo)😁 So - been considering purchasing a Yaris hybrid for Mrs Hicardo. Her current steed is an auto Saab 9-3 which does an average 22.7 mpg on her 2.2 mile commute (country traffic free roads) plus a few 10 mile trips here and there Relating to something mentioned earlier, do you think it would be worth it buying the 1.3 or 1.5 petrol in preference to the hybrid, due to shorter warm up cycle, and cheaper initial purchase cost? Ie under these driving conditions, car engine often cold and not often fully warmed, is a hybrid Yaris worth it?I have an Auris hybrid and on the same route it gets between 35 and 40 from cold. She'd prefer a smaller car. And it has to be automatic. Thoughts?
  7. Anyone suffer Prius rage these days from other road users? I remember having a Gen 3 back in 2009 for 3 years, and it certainly attracted some of that. There are other Toyota hybrids which don't attract intimidation. I guess there are so many around now maybe people have got used to them.
  8. Jesty, im also in Sussex, and own a 2014 Auris Hybrid. Mines somewhat downmarket compared to yours, but maybe that accounts for its lifetime average of 59.6 mpg, on the smaller wheels. Actually thats including running winter tyres part of the year. I use normal mode, as its more economical consistently than eco mode. no idea why, but it is. Have noticed since it passed 30k miles the car is improving in economy, so maybe they take a while to run in
  9. Hey Paul, cool - loads of great info there. Just shows how incredibly reliable the Toyota hybrid platform is, and how right they got it in the design. Im running an Auris Hybrid 64 plate, and I've just gone thru 33,000 miles, which means its hardly run in. So until 150,000 you didn't notice any oil consumption at all. And then only a litre a year, thats pretty amazing. Im experimenting this summer by leaving the winter tyres on, and haven't noticed any particular downside, no detriment obvious in the braking performance or grip. Btw I'm from Wakefield originally , get back there every few weeks to visit my folks in Crofton. All the Best!
  10. Hicardo

    Unbelievable

    240 was made up of, sensor valve unit x3, 3 X fitting kits, + vat
  11. Hicardo

    Unbelievable

    Thanks for the replies Guess ultimately I fitted non Toyota valve caps, and therefore it's my responsibility. I accept that, but a) I was never told this was a problem at 2 previous services where the metal items were already on the car. Do people really go back to Toyota to buy replacement valve caps? I'm sure they don't. I didn't, and look where it got me! b) surely it's bad design...I mean if you can buy (now) a new valve and fit it to a tpms sensor, rather than my 1 single component issue costing me 70 odd quid a pop when the valve needs replacing, surely mr t should accept its a really poor design to design the valve and sensor as an inseparable single component its sad that a 5 quid set of valve caps, because I'd lost one of the plassy originals, ends up costing me 240 quid
  12. Hicardo

    Unbelievable

    Such valves are not (obviously) fitted to my car
  13. Hicardo

    Unbelievable

    I have found out that "modern" tpms valves use a detachable (from the sensor) valve for exactly this reason, that can be cheaply and easily replaced.
  14. Hicardo

    Unbelievable

    Just picked up the car, and have been charged 240 pounds on top of the service cost for this "mishap". I have contacted toyota customer services and await a response. This problem and the explanation seems outrageous to me. I was told by the service manager its my fault for fitting an aftermarket part, even if it was a 5 pounds set of metal valve caps! I asked if he'd contacted Toyota CS, and he said no, as it was an aftermarket part.